The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Man, 66, Living With Honey Bees

Some insects such as honey bees are so dangerous that men are advised to keep away from them from being attacked. But this belief is quite different, as a 66-year old man in the Bong Mines Gonda area, Chief James Gonda, is peacefully living with honey bees in his bedroom.

It seems incredible, but it does exist as our reporter who visited the area this week observed the situation, like two friends living together.

According to the man Chief Gonda he is appealing to the Government of Liberia and other NGO's in the country to come to his aid and prevent the reoccurrence of the honey bees. "I want the government and others to come to my aid to get these bees from my room," the man humbly pleaded.

According to Chief James Gonda, the village was established since 1944 by his forefathers which has been hosting more than hundreds of residents.

He said the bees entered through the window of his bedroom, resisting all efforts to get them out of the room until they were forced out by youths and elders of the village on Monday of this week.

He said, "Although, at first they were calm, but after almost a year, they turned out aggressively and started stinking the children and even strangers.

Headed, "It was God that kept me and my family alive." "How can we protect ourselves from honey bees that are wild bees?"

But according to Chief Gonda, he and his children were several times threatened by the honey bees and some of them bitten by the bees until the villagers joined in to disperse the bees on Monday of this week.

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